Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Bati & Beni here at last!

Finally I gave birth. lol.

It's a mini-magazine for children.  Specifically children in African communities whose communities have expressed in interest in Torah.  Why should they get images of white Jewish children get crammed down their throat?  Then everyone will wonder what happened to their self esteem.  No!

Let's nip that in the bud!

So I created Bati & Beni mini-magazine for kids.


Want a sneak peek?  lol.  You know you do!

Donate to help get this out to them and you get your own copy as well.

Thanks.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

What to do With the Kool-Aid

There is a teaching in the talmud:

paraphrasing:

10 measures of drunkeness came into the world.
  Black folks took 9 of them!
Tractate Kiddushin


There are also other 10 measures that came and other people took them.  But I want to focus on this one.  Some Jews are ashamed and apologetic and they'll say, "oh, its a misprint!" lol.

But I think it doesn't have to be taken as a bad thing.  But also it might not all be good things.  But if this is true, then it is worthwhile to get to know this better to get to know the self.

I believe black folks can eat, breath, and sleep a topic and practically become that topic.  Bring excellence to that topic so much so that they pretty much define it and can only compete with themselves on it (if they even feel the need to compete).

Here's some Black folks who got drunk on....

gymnastics...

Simone Biles

Ice skating..

Surya Bonaly

music...

Michael Jackson

mathematics...

Katherine Johnson


alcohol...

whoops!

Well, you get the picture..

So all this to say that we just might need to have our bottles to drink -- that second bottle.  So it may not be enough to tell people "stop drinking the kool aid!"  Rather, it maybe better to take on a safe drink. With that -- the kool  aid need will be taken care of.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Imhotep

In the search for air, for redemption, for salvation from all the oppression and mistreatment, many find solace in the Old Egyptian, Kemetic ways.



Without delving in too deeply, I suspect it was formed as a result of so many depraved society all around them. And as a result, they came up with this civilization that can nullify the depraved society's grasp on them.

But I think it's only because they became more snake than the snake.  They became more depraved than the depraved societies. Except in Egypt it's done consciously and not so much out of the pull of lust and folly.



Its a powerful way to fight.  It almost seem undefeatable. Looking back in the stories of ancient Egypt in the Bible, they became a super power.  Everyone went to them when there was famine in the land.  They never seemed effected by the famine.

In fact, they seemed so undefeatable that when the Hebrews became entangled with them, it took the reversal of the entire creation to get them out (the death of the first born; creation of Adam first man, the death of the beasts; the 5rd day of creation of the animals, plague of darkness; the beginning light, etc.)

Even HaShem, G-d, seem to have understood them.  He never wanted them to be killed. It is even written that one of the purpose of the story of exile was so that Pharaoh would know Hashem. (there are some who say he did finally recognize Hashem and went on to rule in Nineveh and fell into corruption until Jonah came along).

There is a standing commandment for the Jews not to refuse or be cruel to Egyptians for they were once a stranger in a strange land.  Most will interpret this to mean that since the Jews were in exile in Egypt so for that reason, in the merit of the history and since Egyptians did some good for them, they should remember that and act with kindness.  But to me it could also mean that just like the Jews were "stranger in a strange land" being Jews among depraved people until they finally reached their promised land.  So the Egyptians also experienced being alone against depraved people -- until they built themselves strong enough to push them away by taking those very depravities and using the power in them.

Now many Africans were taken by the European slave trade and brought to the Americas.  The whole society from South America to North America was created by greedy people who had no problems killing the Native American Indians that lived there, take their resources and sit in their lands, seeking new groups of people to whip and force into labor and thrive.  Then to remove the feelings of guilt, they "elevated" things into falsehood.  Rootless ideas, words, and beliefs. Now their history is neither on the ground (truth) nor in the heavens (holy).  It hoovers around somewhere in the realm of falsehood.

And as time goes by -- and since falsehood can't stand on it's own -- they have to keep adding to their level of falsehood which in turn increases the level of depravity.  Now these very Africans are trapped in a society of very depraved people trying to justify their existance by blaming those very Africans for everything wrong.  Committing crimes on their back.  Acting out their depravity. Strangers in a strange land.

It seems only natural that the likes of Shakka Ahmose, Sa Neter, and other Imhotep people with the kemetic movement would emerge.  It's the wisest and most powerful reaction against all the depravity.  But it's not the holiest route.

Just as G-d beseeched Pharaoh to turn and do good, I want to beseech the imhotep people to turn also to Torah.  Not to convert, no!  But rather to learn its wisdoms and holiness and to create a society that can fight the depravity with goodness rather than with conscious depravity.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hey Readers!

Hey readers,

I hope you are enjoying the reading.  Drop a comment and say hello!



Much love!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Noach, Avraham, and Moshe Rabbeinu

 In my mind I divide the society into three parts. The Noach, Avraham and Moshe.Rabbeinu.

Noah -- back in his day was the most righteous. But if you look at everyone around, they were all depraved. So as righteous as Noach was, he may have still been racist or hateful. That's how I see racists.  In a depraved society, where people are being greedy, stingy, lusting after sex - lusting after domination, then everyone is looking out for number 1; themselves, in such a society, the racist becomes the righteous.

A clear case is the situation in America.  Police officers are shooting and killing unarmed Black men with little or no impunity. And yet many people will defend these same cops and on top of that vote for Donald Trump, a man who raises the inspiration of racists.

In such a case, at least, the racists show compassion for "their kind" which is a step higher than being totally for oneself and throwing all of humanity under a bus. But nevertheless, it's a very low state indeed.

Then comes Avraham -- in this stage they know Torah -- or at least they have the capacity to reason out Torah. people try to live righteously, and are willing to spread the good word.  But I don't know if they would break any status quo. That's how I see many Jews today -- not all.



 And then there's the Moshe Rabeinu level (Moses). Moshe married an Ethiopian,also a Midianite, He brought the people to the level of getting prophecy straight out from Hashem. He was hopeful and brought some of the Egyptians that had been turning to Judaism (probably since Yosef haTzaddik's time) , and put the people ahead of himself. It is said that the Jewish people had fallen to the 49th level of tumah (impurity).  That means they could have had a Noach-type moshiach at that time, but for some reason, the much higher caliber moshiach, Moshe Rabbeinu, came.

What decided which moshiach would come?  The only thing I can think of is that the society in Noach's time must have fallen into the 50th level of tumah which was why they had to go.  No redemption for them; they just had to go.

Whereas in the case of the Jewish people in Egypt, they were at the 49th level of tumah and so redeemable.

The Moshe Rabbeinu level is where we need to be.  There the racists would be frowned upon.  There everyone will have a chance to be the best they can be and receive directly from Hashem.  This is definitely the level where Black folks can stand a chance to be normative and to function without the dread of racism.

Now, after the exodus from Egypt, many couldn't handle Moshe's disappearance when he went to get the stone tablets and built the golden calf. Upon Moshe's return, he saw that they had replaced him with a statue -- the golden calf.  Moshe threw the stone tablets and destroyed the idol.  Then he went and got new ones -- different ones. Now if someone goes to get a gift, then returns and sees the receivers are misbehaving and decides not to give them the gift, but rather to give them a different gift, I don't think that second gift would be of a higher caliber than the first one was.

I think that set us back to the Avraham stage. Back to not really changing any status quo but trying to live righteously and spreading the good word whenever possible, praying from a distance, (Or did we go back to Noach? Yikes!)

At any rate, the goal to strive for is the Moshe Rabbeinu level. Its great to call upon the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  But maybe, just maybe we should be calling upon the G-d of Moses (that facet of G-d)?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Let's Make a Way

Shalom, shalom, Readers!

Long ago I created the first African Torah publication called Making a Way.  I did it with my own $$ out of pocket.  Unfortunately, I couldn't keep it up and had to stop.  But I'd like to try again but this time with YOUR help!





If you want to advertise, you can get 1/2 a page of advertisement for $100 and full page advertisement for $300 or just donate and help.

Be generous! You can give towards (and receive a copy) by donating at paypal to nevemiriam@yahoo.com.


THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!




Sunday, June 5, 2016

Muhammad Ali 1942 -- 2016

R.I.P. Muhammad Ali.

The Black community has gain another ancestor.